Latest WhatsApp update will lower your phone bill with low-data calls option

Latest WhatsApp update will lower your phone bill with low-data calls option

Latest WhatsApp update will lower your phone bill with low-data calls option

A new WhatsApp update is looking to save you money on your monthly phone bill, introducing a new low-data usage calling option.

With the messaging app already hosting the ability to make Skype-rivaling VoIP calls, the new update is looking to not only save your monthly minutes, but your data allowance too with a low data mode.

The new feature, which can be turned on and off in-app, will see those with weak 3G connections and constrictive data plans make voice calls more freely.

At the time of writing, the update is currently exclusive to Android users, despite having yet to hit the official Google Play Store.

Instead, those looking to make use of low-data calling need to download the update’s APK file and manually install the software.

It is expected the update will be formally rolled out to both iOS and Android users via app stores in the coming days.

According to TechRadar, this lower bandwidth calling option has only a very minor effect on in-call audio quality.

Further features added in the new WhatsApp update include the ability to mute chats for preset timeframes, the option to manually mark conversations as unread, and the chance to backup chats to Google Drive.

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